A famous quote best describes the written lore of Lawman Hank Boedeker: "When confronted with the truth or the legend, print the legend." Though not much is in print about Henry E. Boedeker, during the 1950s, campfire stories embellished tales of well-known past residents including Marshal Boedeker to impress visiting dudes at ranches across western Wyoming. Most specifically, he was reported to be more than an associate of Butch Cassidy's, whose own history is so thick with folklore, it takes a machete to cut through to the truth. Boedeker did escort an unmanacled Cassidy to Laramie's federal penitentiary. The exception to Hank Boedeker’s own apocrypha is a common narrative regarding a poster that the Winchester Repeating Arms Company distributed nationally in 1904, after its original presentation at the St. Louis World's Fair. That, and Hank Boedeker is my grandsons' third great-grandfather. Click here to read more.
Frank Little and the IWW : The Blood That Stained an American Family [University of Oklahoma Press, 2017], author, western labor history
Ever since I was a little girl, I've been enthralled with my family genealogy, especially relating to western history. Immigrants, Oklahoma eighty-niners, Klondike gold-seekers, miners, unionists, cowboys, fearless women, and American Indians are all part of my DNA. Like most family stories that have been stretched via ancestral tongues, family anecdotes lose some of their reliability. But there is always a seed of truth. Delving into the gift of my ancestry, searching for truth, discovering historic connections, writing nonfiction with texture, and then contributing to scholarly knowledge and readers' pleasure is the joy of my life.
NEW EVENT! October 20, 2018, 7:00 P. M., Billings, MT. Yellowstone Art Museum. High Plains Book Awards Banquet. Billings Public Library Foundation.
NEW EVENT! October 19, 2018, 12 Noon, Billings, MT. Western Heritage Center. Frank Little and the IWW Book Reading and Panel Discussion, High Plains BookFest. For complete schedule, see @HighPlainsBookFest on Facebook.
NEW EVENT! October 17, 2018, 11:30 A. M., Dripping Springs, TX. Terrace Club. Frank Little and the IWW Book Reading and Discussion, Dripping Springs Women's Club. Info at http://dswomensclub.com/meetings.htm.
PREVIOUS PRESENTATIONS ONLINE
May 4, 2017 DEAR TEXAS RADIO, Interview, DEAR Texas, Inc., click
July 12, 2017 NPR recording regarding the Bisbee Deportation that used small parts of my presentation, click http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/07/12/bisbee-arizona-mining-deportation
October 5, 2017 Video presentation at Montana Historical Society, click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5dUdOyIde0
Learn more about this book at www.franklittleandtheiww.net
A feisty young woman, for whatever reason, decided to organize domestic servants employed by Denver society women in the spring of 1916. Jane Street, not even a maid herself (despite what has been written), determined that a new union, under the umbrella of the Industrial Workers of the World, would better the lives of these women, many immigrant girls who had no other vocation or skills to support themselves. Jane’s cause likely aroused the ire of millionaire husbands who had to listen to their pampered wives’ complaints. Dealing with union workers in their gold and silver camps was one thing, but a labor conflict in their households was an entirely different animal. Imagine house maids blacklisting certain tyrannical mistresses!
Why did I choose this subject? For two reasons. The first is that my seventeen-year-old grandmother, Louise Peterson Little, was such a servant... Click here to read more.
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"Meticulous research, forceful writing!"
- Western Writers of America
Franklin Henry Little (1878–1917), an organizer for the Western Federation of Miners and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), fought in some of the early twentieth century’s most contentious labor and free-speech struggles. Following his lynching in Butte, Montana, his life and legacy became shrouded in tragedy and family secrets. In Frank Little and the IWW, author Jane Little Botkin chronicles her great-granduncle’s fascinating life and reveals its connections to the history of American labor and the first Red Scare. Click here to read more.
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